November 20, 2021

Ducks returning McTavish to Peterborough

The Anaheim Ducks are returning Mason McTavish back to the Peterborough Petes.

McTavish, the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, met with Anaheim interim GM Jeff Solomon Saturday morning, according to Stephens.

The news was reported first by Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek.

“After careful consideration and deliberation, we have decided to loan Mason McTavish to the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League,” Solomon said in a statement. “While we are happy with Mason’s development to date, we believe it is in his best long-term interests to continue his development playing in the OHL for the remainder of this season and, hopefully for Team Canada in the upcoming World Junior Championships.

“Among other things, this move should afford Mason the opportunity to gain additional experience playing his natural center position, which we believe will be beneficial to Mason and the Ducks in the long run.”

He had three points (two goals, one assist) in nine games with the Ducks and two points (one goal, one assist) in three games with San Diego of the American Hockey League

“McTavish has a strong all-around game but he makes his money by generating high quality chances in the offensive zone,” FCHockey scout Austin Broad said. “Last year, most of his chances and shot attempts came from the house, making him deadly anytime his team was on the attack. I really liked how McTavish brought multiple elements to the game. If you needed a skilled player to create offense he had the ability to do so, if you needed a player to bring a physical element and get under the skin of the opponent he was able to that as well.”

McTavish had 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in 13 games with EHC Olten in Switzerland last season, and 11 points (five goals, six assists) in seven games to help Canada to gold at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18Championship last spring.

He last played for Peterborough in 2019-20, where he had 42 points (29 goals, 13 assists) in 57 games as a 16-year-old rookie.

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